I have my NDIS plan, now what?
If you have just received your NDIS plan and have NO IDEA what to do next, you are NOT alone!
On a day to day basis we speak to participants, carers and families who are thrilled to finally have funding but don’t know what the next steps are.
Here are 4 easy steps to help you get started with your NDIS plan:
- Understand your plan
- Set up your plan manager and/or support coordinator
- Know how much you can spend
- Connect with services
1. Understand your plan
The NDIS can be a whirlwind, overwhelming, similar to learning a new language.
While it’s a relief to have funding in place for supports and services needed, it’s vital that you understand your plan properly so that you can get the most out of your funding.
Check out our resource called ‘Unpacking your Plan’ to better understand what each of your different Budget categories mean, and what you can use this funding for.
All new Plan Hero customers receive a one-on-on call from our plan managers where they will go through your plan and budget in more detail with you.
Invoices can be submitted directly via our payment portal, or via email firstname.lastname@example.org Please ensure all necessary information is included in your invoice, and it submitted in PDF, Word or Excel format in order to be paid promptly.
2. Set up your NDIS Plan manager and Support Coordinator
a) Figure out how your plan is managed
Are you agency, plan or self-managed? Not sure? Look at what it says under your funded categories
If you are AGENCY MANAGED, your supports funding will appear as:
If you are PLAN MANAGED, your supports funding will appear as:
If you are SELF MANAGED, your supports funding will appear as:
b) Engage with a plan manager - if any of your budget categories are plan managed, you will need to set up your plan manager before you can start paying any bills. Click here to find out more about how Plan Hero can support you as your NDIS Plan manager.
c) Engage your Support Coordinator
If Support Coordination is funded in your plan, it will be under your Capacity Building Supports. Your Support Coordinator will help you understand and implement the funded supports in your plan so they are incredibly important to get in place at the start of your plan, as this will make your life easier.
Contact MyCareSpace if you are looking for some awesome Support Coordinators in your area.
3. Know how much you can spend
It’s important to know how much you can spend to make sure you won’t run out of money before your plan ends. If you are plan managed, your plan manager can assist with this. However, if not - here are simple tools you can use:
Calculate your WEEKLY budget:
Amount per week = Total Category Amount divided by Months in your plan divided by 4.2
I.e. Joe has $15519.20 in Improved Daily Living Skills, and his plan runs for one year (12 months).
Joe's weekly budget = 15519.20/52 weeks = $299/week
This means he could book an OT for 1.5 hours every week at a rate of 193.99/hr
Calculate how many hours of support you can access:
Hours of support = Total Support Amount divided by the max NDIS rate for that support
I.e. Joe has $15519.20 in Improved Daily Living, and he wants to access Occupational Therapy sessions.
The max. NDIS rate for Occupational Therapy = $193.99/hr
Hours of support Joe can have during the year = $15519.20/193.99 = 81 hours of therapy
81 hours / 52 weeks in a year = 1.5 hours a week for the duration of his plan
Download this easy-read NDIS Price Guide to determine how much your NDIS support/service can charge/hr (the tabs at the bottom of the table will help you filter by services).
4. Connect with Services
We partner with a FREE community service called MyCareSpace, who can connect you with services and providers in your area. Simply click on our VIP link and enter your details or give them a call on 1800 670 014.
If you want to get in touch with the Plan Hero team to discuss plan management, give us a call on 1300 599 770.